What is it like to live in Tucson, Arizona?
Tucson…. The little town that got big, but refused to admit it. But we are working on it.
The clouds generally move in one direction, not in circles, and the ground doesn't shake. The weather is very predictable, and for much of the year outdoor activities are ample and enjoyable, unless you are into ice skating.
There are mountains and lakes within a couple hours by car. Hunting and fishing are popular and there are plenty of places nearby to do both.
Tucson runs 25 miles from East to west, and about 20 miles north to south. There are bike paths everywhere, and public transportation to get you most places. There are mountains on all sides. Some are more like hills, some are actually mountainous. We are 62 miles from the Mexican border.
Summer starts in May with hot and dry, turns to hot and humid in July with afternoon storms that blow in from the southeast and cool things down many evenings through August. September gets hot and dry again and fades into October's cooler evenings. Winters are very mild, with only a handful of days below freezing, and a rare snowstorm that makes for great photos.
Traffic is fair. If you are from a big city, you will never complain about the traffic. People can be stupid anywhere, and we have our share of stupid drivers, particularly during the winter months when the snowbirds flock into town until April.
The U of A is in the center of town and is central to many in town. 40,000 students keep the kitchy area around the campus interesting. There are bars and clubs and such.
The food is incredible. If you like Mexican food you can find it in any part of town. We have all other styles, as well. People here like to eat.
Work is sometimes a struggle. Tucson is primarily a service industry town. Call centers have a huge presence here thanks to a stable infrastructure, and hospitality professionals can find a wide array of offerings. Raytheon builds missles here, and they employ thousands.
We are not really impressed by celebrities. Many come here to escape, seek treatment, or have a home by the mountains with incredible views and a bit of privacy. Things here are a little slower and more casual. Shorts and flip-flops are acceptable attire most of the year.
It is Tucson. It is NOT Phoenix.